Hillary's Failures On Japan, Ukraine And Egypt

- September 19, 2016

Hillary Clinton's Failed Leadership As Secretary Of State Resulted In An Ineffective Asian Pivot, Failed Russian Reset And Turmoil In North Africa That Has Led To Global Insecurity


  • Tonight, Hillary Clinton will meet with the heads of state of Egypt, Ukraine and Japan.

  • Clinton was the main architect of the failed Asian Pivot policy, which resulted in a more aggressive China and North Korea.

  • Although Clinton brags about her 'reset' with Russia, the Pentagon's recent decision to designate the country as America's greatest threat shows it has been a complete failure.

  • After Clinton's 'reset,' Russia invaded Ukraine, annexed Crimea, and has been building up forces on their boarder.

  • Clinton also woefully misjudged the Arab Spring, which allowed ISIS to ultimately spread to Egypt.

    On Monday Night, Clinton Is Scheduled To Meet With Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, And Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "Major party nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will be both meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi Monday at the United Nations in New York. Clinton will also meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko." (Curt Mills, "Trump, Clinton To Meet With World Leaders at U.N." U.S. News, 9/19/16)


    Governments In The Asia Pacific Have Argued That The Obama Administration "Loves To Talk About" Making The Pivot But Not "Walk The Walk." "The White House's problem is that even after years of talking about the strategic 'rebalance' to the western Pacific, the president and his administration still face a wall of skepticism from regional governments and critics inside Washington. Obama and his top officials love to talk about focusing on Asia, the argument goes, but they do not walk the walk." (Philip Ewing, "Obama's Asia Pivot, A Work In Progress," Politico, 4/21/14)

    Clinton Has Claimed That It Was Her State Department That Came Up With The Asian "Pivot" That Is Now Considered A Failure

    It Was Clinton's State Department That Was Mainly Responsible For The Administration's Attempt At A Strategic 'Pivot' To Asia…" "And it was Clinton's State Department that was mainly responsible for the administration's attempt at a strategic 'pivot' to Asia, designed largely to counter China's growing influence." (Michael Hirsh, "The Clinton Legacy," Foreign Affairs, May/June 2013)

  • Clinton, 2011: The "Pivot" To Asia Is "Among The Most Important Diplomatic Efforts Of Our Time." "This kind of pivot is not easy, but we have paved the way for it over the past two-and-a-half years, and we are committed to seeing it through as among the most important diplomatic efforts of our time." (Hillary Clinton, Op-Ed, "America's Pacific Century," Foreign Policy, 10/11/11)

In A May 2012 Email, Clinton Wanted To Clarify That Her State Department, Not The White House, Had Come Up With The Asia "Pivot." (Hillary Clinton, Email To Jake Sullivan, et. al., 5/14/12, State Department Release, 12/31/15, FOIA # F-2014-20439)

The Asia Pivot Has Earned "Mixed Reviews From Foreign Policy Analysts" Over China's Continued Aggression In The South China Sea. "Clinton's signature policy project at the State Department - the so-called 'pivot to Asia' - earns mixed reviews from foreign policy analysts. Some say it signaled a lack of commitment to the Middle East, and they note that China continues aggressive policies in the region." (Michael Crowley and Nahal Toosi, "GOP Targets Hillary Clinton's Years At State," Politico, 4/12/15)

The Asian Pivot Has Been "Slapped Down." "The priorities for Asia were not laid out in any formal "pivot" document largely because the goals, based on my many conversations with Obama's Asia team, were modest: 1) deeply engage China; 2) balance this with a strong alliance with Japan; 3) address the North Korean problem; and 4) re-evaluate free-trade agreements. In each case, the White House got slapped down." (Victor Cha, "The Unfinished Legacy of Obama's Pivot To Asia," Foreign Policy, 9/6/16)

The Wall Street Journal's Op-Ed Title: "Where Obama's Asia 'Rebalance' Went Wrong." (Michael Auslin, Op-Ed, "Where Obama's Asia 'Rebalance' Went Wrong," The Wall Street Journal, 9/2/26)

President Obama Never Followed Through On His Ambitious Promises. "As he heads to China and Laos next week for his 11th and final trip across the Pacific as president, Barack Obama will be focused on securing his legacy in Asia. Touting himself in 2009 as America's first "Pacific president," Mr. Obama made Asia a prominent part of his foreign policy, proclaiming a 'rebalance' after the excesses of George W. Bush's Middle East adventurism. Yet Mr. Obama hasn't followed through on his ambitious promises, leaving his foreign-policy legacy very much an open question. He will leave his successor with a far more difficult job in maintaining stability in the world's most dynamic region." (Michael Auslin, Op-Ed, "Where Obama's Asia 'Rebalance' Went Wrong," The Wall Street Journal, 9/2/26)

There Wasn't All That Much New With The Asian "Pivot." "President Barack Obama heads to China and Laos this weekend for his final visit to Asia. The administration will portray this as a victory lap, asserting that Obama is America's first "Pacific president" (in fact, Richard Nixon made a similar claim in 1969, while William H. Taft, Herbert Hoover, John F. Kennedy, and George H.W. Bush also spent formative years in the region). The administration will also claim credit for a wave of initiatives that actually started in the George W. Bush administration (the G-20, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the strategic partnership with India, the Pacific Command force posture changes, etc.). The fact is that there is not all that much new in the 'pivot.'" (Mike Green, "The Legacy Of Obama's 'Pivot' To Asia," Foreign Policy, 9/3/16)

Historians Will Likely Associate An Aggressive Nuclear North Korea With Negligent Policy. "North Korea's nuclear capabilities will have evolved during the span of the Obama presidency from a fledgling program to a stockpile of as many as 35 nuclear bombs and potentially a survivable deterrent. While the pivot's defenders might argue that little more could have been done to stop China or North Korea, historians are often unkind, associating arguably unavoidable outcomes with negligent policy." (Victor Cha, "The Unfinished Legacy of Obama's Pivot To Asia," Foreign Policy, 9/6/16)

With China's Aggression In The South China Sea, "The Pivot Policy Now Looks Inadequate." "With China building fake islands around the South China Sea and threatening to enforce an air-exclusion zone in the area, the pivot policy now looks inadequate." (Josh Rogin, Op-Ed, "Why Hillary Can't Run On Her State Department Record," Bloomberg View, 6/3/15)

Even Clinton Acknowledges That The Pivot Has "A Long Way To Go"

Clinton Herself Has Acknowledged That "We Have A Long Way To Go," With The Asian Pivot. "None of these criticisms questions the wisdom of the rebalance - on the contrary, detractors argue that it hasn't gone far enough. Given the former secretary's personal involvement in crafting and carrying out the rebalance, and the fundamental economic and security logic behind it, it's hard to imagine a President Clinton turning her back on such a major U.S. foreign policy initiative. She herself has noted that the rebalance is a work in progress, as some in the region still have doubts about how the Asia-Pacific fits into U.S. foreign policy. 'I think we've come some ways in trying to rebalance,' Clinton said in September at Brookings, 'but we have a long way to go, and there's much at stake in how we deal with all the players in Asia.'"( Catherine Putz And Shannon Tiezzi, "Did Hillary Clinton's Pivot To Asia Work?" FiveThirtyEight, 4/14/16)

"A Combination Of Inattention, Surprise, And Mistakes Characterized The Early Years Of Asia Policy Under Obama." "The narrative of this policy, as trumpeted by current and former administration officials, is predictably positive - expounding the bold but careful execution of a strategy from Day One in the Oval Office. However, the real story may cast a less shimmering glow across the Pacific. A combination of inattention, surprise, and mistakes characterized the early years of Asia policy under Obama." (Victor Cha, "The Unfinished Legacy of Obama's Pivot To Asia," Foreign Policy, 9/6/16)

A 2014 Report From The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Then Under Chairman Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Criticized The State Department For A Weak Commitment To The Pivot. "Nonetheless, the State Department has not substantially increased diplomatic engagement resources to its Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Department of Commerce staffing levels have not significantly increased, hindering the ability of U.S. businesses to take full advantage of new prospects. U.S. development assistance to the region, which saw a modest increase in the ad- ministration's FY2015 budget proposal, is still below levels from several years ago, and the U.S. development approach needs updating and upgrading." (Senate Foreign Relations Committee Majority Staff, "Re-Balancing The Rebalance: Resourcing U.S. Diplomatic Strategy In The Asia-Pacific Region," Senate Committee On Foreign Relations, 4/17/14)


Clinton Has Maintained That Her Failed Reset Was "A Brilliant Stroke"

Clinton On The Russia Reset, June 2014: "I Thought It Was A Brilliant Stroke, Which In Retrospect Appears Even More So, Because Look At What We Accomplished." BBC HOST: "You famously pressed the reset button. Are you embarrassed by that now, that gesture?" CLINTON: "No I thought it was a brilliant stroke, which in retrospect appears even more so, because look at what we accomplished." ( Interview With BBC, 6/13/14)

Clinton, July 2014: "[W]hat I Think I Demonstrate In The Book Is That The Reset Worked." PBS'S JOHN HARWOOD: "Let's talk about Russia for a second… And so I guess my question is, you say in the book that America can't solve everything but nothing can be solved without America; we're the indispensable nation. If neither approach, the Bush administration or the Obama administration, worked with Putin, what exactly are we indispensable for?" CLINTON: Well, I would take issue with the way you characterize that, because what I think I demonstrate in the book is that the reset worked. It was an effort to try to obtain Russian cooperation on some key objectives while Medvedev was president, and of course Putin still pulled the strings but he gave Medvedev a certain amount of independence to negotiate, number one, a new arms control treaty, which was absolutely necessary." (NPR's "On Point," 7/24/14)

In March 2009, Clinton Presented Her Russian Counterpart With A "Reset" Button, Illustrating The Obama Administration's Desire To Press "The Reset Button" With Russia. "When it comes to Russia, the Obama administration has been talking about 'pressing the reset button.' It's meant to symbolize a possible new start in U.S./Russian relations, which 'crashed' after Russia invaded Georgia last August. So when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greeted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva Friday before sitting down to their working dinner, she was all smiles when she presented him a small green box with a ribbon. Lavrov opened it and, inside, there was a red button with the Russian word 'peregruzka' printed on it." (Jill Dougherty, "Clinton 'Reset Button' Gift To Russian FM Gets Lost In Translation," CNN, 3/6/09)

(Jill Dougherty, "Clinton 'Reset Button' Gift To Russian FM Gets Lost In Translation," CNN, 3/6/09)

The "Reset" Lies In Tatters As Russia Is Now Recognized As One Of The Country's Biggest Threats

Clinton's Russia Reset Policy "Now Lies In Tatters." "But most experts agree that the policy now lies in tatters, with Russian President Vladimir Putin openly fueling anti-American sentiment at home and pursuing confrontational policies abroad, such as the invasion of Ukraine and the annexation of its Crimea region." (Olivier Knox, "Russia 'Reset' Architect To Next President: Don't Try That Again," Yahoo, 5/27/15)

The New York Times Editorial: "The Pentagon Has Put Russia At The Top Of Its List Of National Security Threats…" "The Pentagon has put Russia at the top of its list of national security threats with its plan to increase the deployment of heavy weapons, armored vehicles and troops on rotating assignment to NATO countries in Central and Eastern Europe." (Editorial, "The Pentagon's Top Threat? Russia," The New York Times, 2/3/16)

  • The New York Times Editorial Headline: "The Pentagon's Top Threat? Russia" (Editorial, "The Pentagon's Top Threat? Russia," The New York Times, 2/3/16)

Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford: "Russia Presents The Greatest Threat To Our National Security." U.S. SENATOR JOE MANCHIN: "And sir, I'm sure you've had the opportunity to form opinions on what our threats have been and what our threats are today. What would you consider the greatest threat to our national security?" GENERAL JOSEPH DUNFORD: "My assessment today is that Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security." (Committee On Armed Services, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 7/9/15)

Secretary Carter Claimed Russia's Recent Aggression "Demonstrated That Russia Has Clear Ambition To Erode The Principled International Order." "'Despite the progress that we made together in the aftermath of the Cold War, Russia's actions in recent years - with its violations of Ukrainian and Georgian territorial integrity, its unprofessional behavior in the air, in space, and in cyberspace, as well as its nuclear saber rattling - all have demonstrated that Russia has clear ambition to erode the principled international order,' Carter said." ("Ash Carter: Russia Sowing Seeds Of Global Instability," The Associated Press, 9/7/16)

  • Previously Defense Secretary Carter Made The Case That "Russia's Intervention Beyond Its Borders Pose A Bigger Danger To U.S. Security… Than Does The Immediate Threat From The Islamic State." "On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter previewed the Pentagon budget proposal for fiscal 2017, making a case for why China's rapid military buildup and Russia's intervention beyond its borders pose a bigger danger to U.S. security, and merit larger investments, than does the immediate threat from the Islamic State." (Missy Ryan, "Pentagon Unveils Budget Priority For Next Year: Countering Russia And China," The Washington Post , 2/2/16)

Even Bill Clinton Has Knocked Hillary's Russia Reset Policy, Conceding It Had Few Accomplishments And Went From "Our Attempt To Do Better" To "Estrangement." BILL CLINTON: "The only thing that has survived the estrangement of the United States and Russia from our attempt to do better is something called the New START Treaty, negotiated by Hillary's State Department, which makes us much safer from this prospect from an accidental or intentional nuclear exchange. In a dangerous world, I think that's a pretty good deal." (Bill Clinton, Remarks At A Hillary Clinton Campaign Rally, Nashua, NH, 1/4/16)

While Clinton Floundered With A "Reset" Russia Renewed Its Aggression

The New York Times Editorial: "It Is Undeniable That Russia Has Become Openly Aggressive" And There Are New "Questions About Whether Russia Might Try To Extend Its Reach To The Baltic States." "It is undeniable that Russia has become openly aggressive under President Vladimir Putin, who has violated sovereign borders by annexing Crimea and stoking civil war in Ukraine. A cease-fire in Ukraine was declared last year, but Russian forces still maintain a presence in eastern Ukraine, raising questions about whether Russia might try to extend its reach to the Baltic States." (Editorial, "The Pentagon's Top Threat? Russia," The New York Times, 2/3/16)

NATO Secretary General Jens Stolenberg Said NATO's Deployment Of Up To 4,000 Addititional Troops In Response To Russia's Aggression "Is An Appropriate Response." Russia is trying to expand its sphere of influence by military means, and NATO's deployment of up to 4,000 multinational troops in the Baltic states and Poland "is an appropriate response" to the country's "aggressive actions," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told German tabloid Bild in an interview published Thursday. (Hanne Cokelaere, "Jens Stoltenberg: NATO Troop Deployment Right Response To Aggressive Russia," Politico, 6/16/16)

German Prime Minister Angela Merkel Has Pledged German Support For Deploying More Troops To The Baltic States To Counter Russia's Recent Aggression. "Angela Merkel on Friday pledged German support for plans to deploy thousands of Nato troops in Poland and the Baltic states as a deterrent to Russian aggression, ahead of Nato summit on Friday regarded as the alliance's most important meeting since the end of the Cold War. 'The security situation in Europe has significantly deteriorated,' Mrs Merkel told the German parliament. 'Russia's actions have deeply disturbed our eastern allies. They therefore require clear reassurance from the alliance.'" (Justin Huggler And Mattew Day, "Merkel Pledges German Support To Deploy Thousands Of Nato Troops To Deter Russian Aggression," The Telegraph, 7/7/16)

Ukraine In Particular Has Suffered From Renewed Russian Aggression After Clinton's Reset Failed

In March, 2014, Russian Troops Seized Installations Across The Crimean Peninsula. "Russian troops took control of vital installations across the Crimean Peninsula on Saturday, and Russian President Vladimir Putin secured authorization to send in more as the Kremlin set the stage for a high-stakes international showdown over the future of Ukraine." (Kathy Lolly, William Booth And Will Englund, "Russian Forces Seize Ukraine; Ukraine's Interim President Decries 'Aggression,'" The Washington Post , 3/1/14)

  • Russian Backed Forces Control Two Large Ukrainian Provinces. "Almost two years later, Crimea is all but forgotten, Russian-backed separatist forces are in control of two large Ukrainian provinces, and the shaky cease-fire between the two sides is in danger of collapsing." (Josh Rogin And Eli Lake, "U.S. Told Ukraine To Stand Down As Putin Invaded," Bloomberg, 8/21/15)
  • Russian Backed Separatist Forces Annexed Crimea. "In Kremlin-annexed Crimea, Russian forces conducted military exercises this week. Video footage showed soldiers and heavy machinery making amphibious beachhead landings." (David Stern, "Ukraine Celebrates, With An Eye On Russia," Politico, 8/23/16)

In August 2016, Ukrainian President Poroshenko Said Russia Moved 40,000 Troops Close To Ukraine's Border. " Fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists has escalated dramatically in eastern Ukraine, and Kiev officials say that some 40,000 Russian troops have moved close to Ukraine's borders. Last week, Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine's president, warned of the possibility of a 'full-scale invasion on all fronts.'" (David Stern, "Ukraine Celebrates, With An Eye On Russia," Politico, 8/23/16)

  • Ukrainian Troops Have Been Placed On High Alert Because Of Russia's Troop Build Up. "Ukrainian troops have been placed on alert along the de facto border with Crimea and facing rebels in the east. The heightened tensions follow Russian accusations that Ukraine is carrying out armed incursions into Crimea. Ukraine's envoy to the UN asked Russia to provide evidence of the claims, and said some 40,000 Russian troops were massed on the Crimea-Ukraine border." ("Ukraine troops on high alert as tension with Russia grows," BBC, 8/12/16)

President Obama Decided To Extend U.S. Sanctions Imposed On Russia Following Its Military Intervention In Ukraine. "President Obama has extended for another year U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia over its military intervention in Ukraine, according to a White House statement. Obama signed an executive order to prolong the raft of measures that target senior Russian officials and businessmen connected to President Vladimir Putin's inner circle, as well as a number of key Russian state companies, blocking them from visiting or holding assets in the United States, as well as doing business with some U.S. companies. The United States imposed the sanctions in March 2014, after Russian troops seized Crimea from Ukraine, sparking the most serious crisis between Moscow and Washington since the end of the Cold War." (Patrick Reevell, "Obama Prolongs Sanctions On Russia Over Ukraine Crisis," ABC News, 3/3/16)

  • In December 2015, The U.S. "Sought To Tighten Economic Pressure On Russia For Its Intervention In Ukraine, Imposing Sanctions On Dozens Of Individuals And Companies It Said Were Circumventing American And International Restrictions." "The Obama administration on Tuesday sought to tighten economic pressure on Russia for its intervention in Ukraine, imposing sanctions on dozens of individuals and companies it said were circumventing American and international restrictions." (Julie Hirschfeld Davis, "U.S. Imposes Sanctions Over Russia's Intervention In Ukraine," The New York Times, 12/22/15)

Russia Now Poses A Direct Threat To NATO And Our Allies In Europe

NATO Commander Gen. Breedlove Believes Putin and Assad Are "Weaponizing" Migrant Flows To Undermine European Security And Unity. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, are 'weaponizing' the region's refugee crisis and are using it to undermine Europe's security and unity, according to a top U.S. and NATO commander in Europe." (Holly Ellyatt, "Putin 'Weaponizing' Migrant Crisis To Hurt Europe," CNBC, 3/2/16)

In November 2015, Putin Announced That "Russia Will Counter NATO's U.S.-Led Missile Defense Program By Deploying New Strike Weapons Capable Of Piercing The Shield." "Russia will counter NATO's U.S.-led missile defense program by deploying new strike weapons capable of piercing the shield, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday. Putin told defense officials that by developing defenses against ballistic missiles Washington aims to 'neutralize' Russia's strategic nuclear deterrent and gain a 'decisive military superiority.'" (Vladimir Isachenkov, "Russia To Deploy New Weapons To Counter US Missile Shield," The Associated Press, 11/10/15)

Russia's Aggressive Foreign Policy Towards Ukraine And The Baltic States Amplifies A Growing Sense of Unease Among Our Allies. "Russia's aggressive foreign policy toward Ukraine and the Baltic States amplifies a general sense of unease among NATO's eastern flank members, with tensions across the region, both inside and outside NATO, exacerbated by Moscow's illegal occupation of Crimea and direct support for combined Russian separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. Kremlin efforts to establish levers of influence in the Baltics across the diplomatic, economic, information, and security spectrum are meant to develop an environment favorable to Moscow and present an ongoing challenge to Western efforts aimed at assuring these NATO Allies." (Gen. Philip Breedlove, Armed Services Committee, U.S. Senate, Testimony, 3/1/16, p.10)

  • Baltic Members Of NATO Have Called For A Longer NATO Commitment Of Increased Military Forces To Send "A Very Blunt And Strong Statement" To Russia. "NATO's eastern-flank members are lobbying for a long-term ­alliance commitment to keep increased military forces in their countries, along with authority for those forces to respond quickly to possible Russian intervention in advance of formal political approval from NATO headquarters in Brussels… the Baltic countries in particular would like 'a very blunt and strong statement' from NATO that a strong deterrent force will be in place 'as long as necessary, while we have such a neighbor,' Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said." (Karen DeYoung, "Baltic Countries Want Longer NATO Commitment To Counter Russia," The Washington Post , 2/26/16)
  • Top U.S. Navy Official: "Russia Is Deploying Its Ballistic Missiles And Attack Submarines In Numbers, Range, And Aggression Not Seen In Two Decades." "Russia is deploying its ballistic missiles and attack submarines in numbers, range and aggression not seen in two decades, according to a top U.S. Navy official." (Jim Sciutto, "Top Navy Official: Russian Sub Aggression At Peak Since Cold War," CNN, 4/15/16)
  • Russian Attack Submarines Are Patrolling The Coastlines Of Europe At Levels Not Seen For Two Decades, And In Just The Last Year Patrols Rose 50 Percent. "Russian attack submarines, the most in two decades, are prowling the coastlines of Scandinavia and Scotland, the Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic in what Western military officials say is a significantly increased presence aimed at contesting American and NATO undersea dominance. Adm. Mark Ferguson, the United States Navy's top commander in Europe, said last fall that the intensity of Russian submarine patrols had risen by almost 50 percent over the past year, citing public remarks by the Russian Navy chief, Adm. Viktor Chirkov. Analysts say that tempo has not changed since then." (Eric Schmitt, "Russia Bolsters Its Submarine Fleet, And Tensions With U.S. Rise," The New York Times , 4/20/16)


Following The Uprising In Egypt Toppled Mubarak, Clinton Threw Her Support Behind Muslim Brotherhood

In February 2011, President Mubarak Resigned. "Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down Friday and handed over power to the military, his nearly three decades of iron rule ended by a groundswell of popular protests that began January 25." (CNN Wire Staff, "18 Days of Protest Culminate In Mubarak's Ouster," CNN, 2/11/11)

  • Clinton: Elections Are Not Enough To Keep Mubarak In Power Or Satisfy The Demands Of The Uprising. CNN'S CANDY CROWLEY: "If he (President Mubarak) takes those steps and says, 'Hey, we have already got pre-scheduled elections coming up,' is that enough to keep him in power?" CLINTON: "Well, no. Much has to be done… We are advocating that the government, the representatives of the civil society, the political opposition and activists begin a dialogue to chart a course. Egypt is a large, complex, very important country. I don't think the Egyptian people want to see what is a very clear effort to obtain political and economic rights turn into any kind of new form of oppression or suppression or violence or letting loose criminal elements. That's not what they're in the streets protesting for." ( CNN's State Of The Union, Washington, DC, 1/30/11)

In 2012, Hillary Clinton Was "Warmly Welcomed" To Egypt By Newly Elected Muslim Brotherhood Presidential Candidate. "It was a meeting that not long ago would have seemed totally implausible. But Egypt's newly elected president, the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, has warmly welcomed America's top diplomat to Cairo for talks - and heard her affirmation of Washington's "strong support" for the change that had brought him to power." (Nick Meo, "US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Meets Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi In Historic First," Telegraph , 6/14/12)

Clinton Pledged To Support President Morsi, The Leader Of The Muslim Brotherhood. "On Saturday, however, President Mohammed Morsi declared to Hilary Clinton, US Secretary of State: 'We are very, very keen to meet you and happy you are here,' and heard in return her promise of 'the strong support of the United States for the Egyptian people and their democratic transition.' She continued: 'We want to be a good partner and we want to support the democracy that has been achieved by the courage and sacrifice of the Egyptian people. 'Democracy is hard... It requires dialogue and compromise and real politics. We are encouraged and we want to be helpful." (Nick Meo, "US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Meets Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi In Historic First," Telegraph , 6/14/12)

  • Hillary Clinton's Embrace Of The Muslim Brotherhood Was A Clear Flip-Flop On U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Islamist Organization That Was Outlawed By President Mubarak. "For years the Islamist organisation, outlawed in Egypt under the regime of former president Hosni Mubarak, had been demonised by successive American administrations; while the Brotherhood regarded the US with suspicion, as an ally of repressive regimes across the Middle East." (Nick Meo, "US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Meets Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi In Historic First," Telegraph , 6/14/12)

Hillary Clinton Met With And Supported President Morsi Despite The Fact That Many In Washington Claimed The Brotherhood Was Sowing Seeds Of Dissent Within Egypt. "Despite open channels of communication, Brotherhood leaders have repeatedly surprised Washington with their brisk moves to challenge the generals: running for and winning more parliamentary seats than they said they would, breaking a pledge not to run a presidential candidate, and then last week using a presidential decree to call back the Parliament in defiance of the generals' order dissolving it. State Department officials said the pattern has only increased a residual distrust of the Islamists that it is already hard for the United States policy makers to overcome." (David Kirkpatrick, "Clinton Visits Egypt, Carrying A Muted Pledge Of Support," The New York Times, 6/14/12)

ISIS Has Established A Stronghold In The Country

Former Acting Director Of The CIA John McLaughlin: ISIS Has A Stronghold In Egypt. "With a presence of some sort in about 40 countries and formal affiliates in nine of them (Egypt and Libya the most advanced), loss of land in Iraq and Syria does not deprive ISIS of territorial options for plotting, training, and launching terrorist attacks." (John McLaughlin, "ISIS Is Hurt But Its End Is Not In Sight," The Cipher Brief, 7/28/16)

Five Years After The Arab Spring, ISIS Insurgency Is Growing In A Financially And Politically Unstable Egypt. "But the euphoria faded as Egypt was whiplashed from one political extreme to another, from the oppressive government of the Muslim Brotherhood to the military regime that now rules. Five years after Egypt's Arab Spring, the country is on shaky ground financially, unemployment is rampant and the people are angry. And an ISIS-linked insurgency is growing, the terror attacks becoming more brazen and frequent. Nothing seems sure in Egypt today, except that there's bound to be more fitful change ahead." (Ashley Fantz, "Egypt's Long, Bloody Road From Arab Spring Hope To Chaos," CNN, 4/27/16)

The Arab Spring Was A Turning Point In Creating The Current Instability. "As with elsewhere in the region, the Arab Spring was a turning point in creating, and sustaining, the current instability. The unrest in 2011 and 2012 produced conditions ripe for increased militancy. Islamist extremists in the Gaza Strip and wider region flooded into the Sinai, taking advantage of state security forces being focused on containing urban anti-government unrest." (Andre Colling, "In Sinai, Egypt Faces Tough Task To Counter Instability, The Global Observatory, 5/13/15)

ISIS Rose Out Of The Growing Insecurity In Egypt. "The growing insecurity in the region has been fed by the increasing prominence of Islamist extremists, including armed groups linked to the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda. Attempting to address these issues involves understanding the Sinai's complex interplay of history, geography, and demography. The origins of what has become an emerging sanctuary for jihadist activity include years of under-investment and under-development by the state, the rift between the Nile-centered Egyptian government and the distinct Bedouin-dominated Sinai region, basic security lapses, and Cairo's refusal to pursue a meaningful dialogue or resolution process." (Andre Colling, "In Sinai, Egypt Faces Tough Task To Counter Instability, The Global Observatory, 5/13/15)

ISIS Grew In The Largely Neglected Sanai Province. "Sinai Province is believed to be waging a war to take control of the Sinai Peninsula and turn it into an Islamist region loyal to the self-proclaimed Islamic State, according to experts who follow the group. They estimate as many as 1,500 fighters support the organization. The group's militants have launched suicide attacks and gun battles mainly in the northern part of the Sinai - an underdeveloped region, largely forgotten by the country's politicians in Cairo. The marginalization that many residents feel has fueled support for Sinai Province." (Derek Stoffel, "ISIS In Egypt: The Struggle For The Sinai Peninsula," CBC News, 6/19/16)

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